Stat Attack - Arsenal

We take a look at Sunday's victory at Arsenal in numbers
Cheikhou Kouyate attributed West Ham United's victory at Arsenal on Sunday to the team's performance as a unit, and a look at the match stats would make him right.

Arsenal may have enjoyed the majority of possession - 62 per cent to the Hammers' 38 per cent - and shots on goal, but it was the final scoreline of 2-0 to the visitors that mattered.

West Ham's refusal to let Arsenal turn that possession into anything more meaningful was key to their success, and they harried their hosts throughout, forcing them to lose possession on 26 occasions across the 90 minutes.

The Hammers only lost possession 18 times by way of comparison, but crucially West Ham won the ball eight times in Arsenal's half and lost it just six times themselves.
One of those ball recoveries led directly to a goal, as Mauro Zarate knocked Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain off the ball to pick up a loose clearance and fire past Petr Cech from range.

The Hammers' willingness to get on the ball was also evident, with 360 passes attempted as opposed to 272 in the corresponding fixture last season.

With the Hammers ability to counter-attack swiftly too, it meant they were able to force four shots on target during the game - four times as many as at the Emirates in 2014/15.

Check out all the stats from the game for yourself in our Match Centre here.